How these lessons are different
Good Questions that have groups talking are different from most lessons you have seen. Here are a few reasons why.
Discussion-based rather than lecture-based
Our tag line is, "Good questions have groups talking" and that is the goal of every lesson. Look at one of the sample lessons and you can see this difference right away. Put these lessons into the hands of all your teachers and watch your classes transform from lecture-based groups to discussion-based groups. Each lesson consists of 20 or so ready-to-use questions that get groups talking.
Why is this important? Jesus taught that we are changed by what comes out of us. Until we confess the truth--not just hear it--we are not changed by it. See this article for more details.
Commentary quoted from world-class writers
Most curriculum has an inherent flaw. They can often get past it, but it cripples nearly every series made. Here is how it works. A committee gets together and decides o a text and topic. Then, someone is assigned to find someone who can write something brilliant about it. Turns out, this is a very difficult assignment and does not always meet with success. One of the reasons I have been a fan of Lifeway's Masterworks series is that that series goes at it in the opposite way. They find someone who has already written something brilliant--books by people like Beth Moore, Billy Graham and John Piper--and turns it into a curriculum.
I try to do a similar thing with my lessons. Each question is footnoted with answers taken from of the best commentaries ever written. John MacArthur, Warren Wiersbe, Holman, Life Application Commentary, and many others. I also include great illustrations and stories form illustration books, trade books and devotional books. Quotes from world-class sources make these lessons different.
Application is not tagged onto the end. We don't spend an hour talking about the passage n a rather abstract way then tag on a question on the end about application. Application is woven all through the lessons. Application is the point.
Howard Hendricks used to say that the goal is not to make smarter sinners. Jesus taught us to "teach them to observe" not just teach them.
Make it easy to find teachers
These lessons are so easy to use, they make it easier--a lot easier to find teachers. In fact, when I was a Minister of Ed, I never struggle to find teaches again after I started writing these lessons. Click here to read that story.
Underlying theology: it is always in our best interest to live the Christian life.
God is a rewarder. We cannot come to Him unless we believe that He is a rewarder. We must come to Him for reward. We must believe it is always in our best interest to live the Christian life. Prayer must become a sweet hour of prayer of we are not praying very well. We much come to love serving or we don't serve. We must come to love the Word, or else I bet you didn't read this morning. We must come to love the Christian life or we will never come to live the Christian life.
Every lesson is driven by this theology. I continually ask: how does it benefit me to follow God? What does it cost me if I don't follow God? We ask this in every arena. What does it benefit me to forgive; what does it cost me if I don't forgive? When people come to confess that it is in our best interest to live the Christian life, they begin to live the Christian life.
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